'GTA 5': 'Grand Theft Auto 5' Tops $1 Billion In Global Retail Sales, Three Days After Initial Release

on September 20 2013 1:11 PM

The fifth installment in the Grand Theft Auto franchise continues to rake in the dollars. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) confirmed today that Grand Theft Auto V has officially topped $1 billion in global sales just three days after its initial release.

"Grand Theft Auto is a cultural phenomenon and Rockstar Games continues to redefine what can be achieved in interactive entertainment," Strauss Zelnick, chairman and CEO of Take-Two, said in a statement. "We are incredibly proud of the extraordinary critical and commercial response to Grand Theft Auto V."

According to the press release, it’s the fastest amount of time that “any entertainment property, including video games and feature films, has reached this significant milestone.”

As the Hollywood Reporter notes, GTA 5 has been selling at an unprecedented rate. The game beat out Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which took 16 days to reach $1 billion in global sales. GTA 5 also broke the record for single-day sales when it made $800 million on the first day of release on Tuesday. The previous record holder was Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which raked in $500 million in worldwide sales when it was released last November.

GTA 5, a highly-anticipated game that was five years in the making, was released on Tuesday to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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